This vital two-day event showcases student work spanning all undergraduate and graduate disciplines across a range of topics critical for the advancement of design and the built environment. With over 700 projects ranging from full-scale installations to theoretical propositions from 60 studios, and featuring over 300 critics hailing from around the world, EXPO is the touchstone event for the USC School of Architecture and one of Los Angeles’ most important cultural forums for new discussions on architecture, design, and the city. Like no other event, EXPO forms the crossroads between local and global design and architecture communities, bringing together academics, professionals, and the public, to engage, examine, and challenge new modes of thinking about and producing architecture.
Over two days or reviews and discussions, EXPO student work will be exhibited both inside and outside using the surfaces of the school as a background for a variety of disciplines and course types examining the most relevant and pressing issues facing architecture, digital technology, sustainability, urban design, landscape architecture, building science, and heritage conservation.
In addition to hosting guest jurors from around the country and from abroad, EXPO 2016 welcomes a “Super Jury” made up of some of the most accomplished and important figures in architecture. The 2016 Super Jury includes:
► Lars Lerup is a Professor of Architecture at Rice University School of Architecture. He was also Dean and William Ward Watkin Professor from 1993 to 2009. Previously, he taught for many years at the University of California at Berkeley. His work focuses on the intersection of nature and culture in the contemporary American metropolis, and on Houston in particular. He is currently finishing up work on a new book, entitled Toxic Ecology: At the Limit of the Entrepreneurial City, which examines the consequences the city's relentless growth and expansion has had on various natural systems, and further, how those consequences will affect the future of the city.
► Robert Levit, director of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Toronto. Levit was also director of the Master of Urban Design program from 2003-2010. His work links urban and architectural scales. He has led research funded by the Province of Ontario examining the relationship between density and urban form and providing models for urban intensification. His work on housing types has received academic and professional awards. His design work and writing on architecture have appeared in numerous domestic and foreign publications.
► Elena Manferdini contributes more than fifteen years of professional experience to her role as SCI-Arc Graduate Program Chair. She has been teaching design studios and visual studies seminars at SCI-Arc since 2003, serving most recently as coordinator of graduate thesis.
► John McMurrough, a researcher of contemporary architectural practice and associate professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture. His research is motivated by the precept that contemporary architecture as a field of knowledge must constantly re-situate itself in terms of its productive capacities and competencies.
Bridging the worlds of design, theory, and technology, EXPO 2016 is a vital cultural forum for advanced thinking and debates on new modes of architecture and the built environment.
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